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 Are you aware of the secret that green tea is equipped with?  Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols.  If you are unaware of the term, these are antioxidants, and green tea is full of them!  The wonderful antioxidants are found in a number of very appealing foods-berries, chocolate, red wine, and apples.

Catechin polyphenols have been researched for some time, and have shown to have health benefits.  Many ancient cultures were the first to believe this.  Green tea also has EGCG which is an antioxidant type that is more powerful than vitamin C and which has outrageously healthy effects on the body. 

EGCG help to reduce cancer growth and lower cholesterol levels- thereby lowering high blood pressure and helping to prevent heart disease.  Catechin polyphenols are known to be fantastic.  Some studies show that participants who consume tea have a reduced risk of some cancer types.  You’ll find that when you begin to research, there are conflicting results.  However, the positive points definitely are encouraging and seem to outweigh the rest. 

EGCG has been found to be twice as powerful as resveratrol, which lowers the rate of heart disease.  Some researchers believe that this is the reason for a lower rate of heart disease in men and women in Japan, as they are avid green tea drinkers- even among those who are smokers.

Green tea has taken light in the media quite a bit lately  due to its wonderful ability to aid in weight loss.  Dieters around the world have experienced its effects.  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published one study performed at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.  Studies show that there is a relationship between green tea and weight loss, as it is a metabolism booster.

When it comes to caring for the health of our bodies and maintaining a healthy weight, green tea definitely is an easy means to do so.  However, if you do suffer from a medical disease or condition, always consult with your doctor before  consuming anything new-including green tea!

Written by Erin Kilgour — March 21, 2013

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